Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Summer!
Local actors will present a reading of Carl Sprague’s feature adaption of Summer.
Originally published in 1917 and considered one of her finest works, Edith Wharton’s novella Summer created a sensation when first published, as it dealt honestly with a young woman’s sexual awakening. It was even banned by some libraries!
Summer is the story of proud and independent Charity Royall, a child of mountain moonshiners adopted by a family in a poor New England town, who has a passionate love affair with Lucius Harney, an educated young man from the city. Wharton broke the conventions of woman’s romantic fiction by making Charity a thoroughly contemporary woman–in touch with her feelings and sexuality, yet kept from love and the larger world she craves by the overwhelming pressures of environment and circumstance.
Praised for its realism and candor by such writers as Joseph Conrad and Henry James and compared to Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, Summer was one of Wharton’s personal favorites of all her novels and remains as fresh and relevant today as when it was first written.
The Mount is a Massachusetts Cultural Council UP designated organization welcoming participants of all disabilities. Please contact Nicole Williams at 413-551-5100 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, to discuss accommodations needed to participate fully in this event. Caregivers are admitted free-of-charge.